Not only did Nintendo announce that they’re bringing Pokemon Quest to Nintendo Switch today and later also to mobile Phones as we reported about here, the Pokemon company also announced Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee coming to the Nintendo Switch on November 16th! We analyzed the trailer carefully and found out lots of things which the Kanto remake will bring to the new console alongside more interactions than ever with friends and the Pokemon. Let’s first watch the full reveal trailer here, down below we’ll show you what you have missed in those fast cuts.
The three pillars of Pokemon Let’s Go
The three main aspects of Pokemon Let’s go are playing the game on console alone or with friends in the local multiplayer, connecting the new Pokeball plus accessoir as both controller for the Switch game and mobile device to interact with your Pokemon on the go and last but not least the connection between Pokemon Go on your phone and Pokemon Let’s Go on your Nintendo Switch console. Let’s go bit by bit what each feature offers, starting with the main game on the console.
Pokemon Let’s Go – the remaster of Gen 1 we deserve
Based on the info we have and on what we see in the trailers, we know that Pokemon Let’s Go is based on the old Pokemon Yellow title from the Game Boy era of gaming history. Back in the day, we could only get Pikachu as a starter, being less and happy about us as the trainer, which led to a nice feature, you could always check your relation to Pikachu as it walked after you instead of being in its Pokeball. The same principle will be featured in Pokemon Let’s Go as well. Assuming I’m right, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee will both feature the same base experience as usual, but you’re going to have some Pokemon in the one game which is not in the other and vice versa. Or, another theory, the two versions of Pokemon Let’s Go will only lock you down on the starter Pokemon, being Pikachu and Eevee, and the rest of the game will be the same. Who knows, both may or may not happen.
Kanto it is
What does come over from the previous title is Kanto again as our starting region. While many fans, probably of the more recent games, are less happy about the remaster of the already quite often redone region in the Pokemon world, I personally and many people of my generation are quite happy about the news. Assuming we all (us first gen lovers) didn’t even bother to play the recent titles as it may have been perceived as more of the same instead of real innovation as we can see now in Pokemon Let’s Go.
Take care of your Pokemon
Just like in Pokemon Yellow, based on what we can see in the trailer to Pokemon Let’s Go, we can again take a look at how our Pikachu is doing or any other Pokemon basically. Even clothing options are now available in the game, making it possible to have your very own Pikachu or Eevee around you. Plus, petting them and, this is just an assumption, maybe also feeding them to increase overall vitality and happiness of your Pokemon is coming to the game as well.
Encounter Pokemon in a new way
Now, Pokemon Go made it possible to see actually when there’s a Pokemon nearby and you only had to use berries and Pokeballs in order to catch them. In Pokemon Let’s Go, the same system will be applied as well. Now in the new title, Pokemon will also be visible on the map, taking away the random encounters you had in all the previous titles. I personally love this change, but let us know how you feel about it on our social media and / or on our Discord over at http://thenewbyte.com/discord.
Local multiplayer for double the fun
Pokemon Let’s Go will be so easy to control, you can play it with just one joycon in your hand. That leads to the neat opportunity that the other joycon can be given to your friend that can now play alongside with you. Catch Pokemon together and also have battles as duos together. It is not known yet how the second player will have Pokemon to play with, but I just assume that the first Pokemon in your team will automatically come up for player one to control over and the second Pokemon in the team will be controlled by player 2. However, it is confirmed that there is no online multiplayer coming to Pokemon Let’s Go which makes me a little bit sour since I was hoping to be able to easily trade Pokemon with people around the world that I know that will also get the game for themself. Battles and having a co-op adventure together through the internet is off the table for now.
Pokemon Let’s Go gets physical
With the release of the Pokemon Ball Plus, another accessory next to the already released Pokemon Go Plus, we have another option to further enhance Pokemon Let’s Go as a game. The Pokeball Plus is able to be used as a controller for the Nintendo Switch, having additional functions in that the Pokeball Plus will also light up and show you additionally when a Pokemon is caught. I think this is a rather neat function of this item.
On top of that, you can also take Pokemon with you, according to the reveal trailer. Seemingly being able to take care of the Pokemon that is inside of it, by just walking and giving a “massage” to the device. I am not sure if this is just a gimmick of the trailer or an actual function. What I do know though is, that the Pokeball Plus will also function as a Pokemon Go Plus device for the mobile game. The Pokemon Go Plus, which let’s you collect miles for the game, which in return will bring candy from your buddy Pokemon, can also additionally attempt to catch Pokemon that are nearby your location in Pokemon Go, without needing to have the game open. From what I heard this function is not too successful though.
Pokemon Let’s Go on the go
While briefly mentioned, yes Pokemon Let’s Go and Pokemon Go will also be able to connect to each other. Pokemon from your Pokemon Go account can be transferred over to your Pokemon Park in Pokemon Let’s Go, giving you the ability to visit and take care of these Pokemon additionally to the ones you have caught in the console game. But you’ll also be able to gift things, assuming Pokemon, from Pokemon Let’s Go to Pokemon Go. That and the aforementioned Pokeball Plus which functions as Pokemon Go Plus device and more on the go functions for the Pokemon Let’s Go release.
Overall, the new release will encourage and reward players that are also active in the outside world when using the free functions through the Pokemon Go app and even more when purchasing the Pokeball Plus device. On top of that, the mobile nature of the Nintendo Switch will make it possible to play the big title wherever you want to in solo or in coop mode with a friend.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee are coming to Nintendo Switch on November 16th.
Oh, one more thing, there’s a new Pokemon core RPG coming to the Nintendo Switch in the second half of 2019 as confirmed by the official Pokemon Twitter: